Reiner Klawiter, 71, passed away in his home on July 19th, 2017, one year after being diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer.
Born in Überlingen, Germany, Reiner immigrated to the upper peninsula of Michigan with his family when he was 9 years old, and moved to Greeley, CO to attend middle and high school. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1970 with a BS in Biology and Chemistry. Along with acculturating to the US, he remained throughout his life an enthusiast of German culture- especially Oompah, polka, and yodeling music. Reiner served as a supersonic jet fighter pilot in the Air Force, as a forest ranger in Lake Tahoe and Wolf Creek Pass, and briefly as a middle school teacher in Northglenn, CO. Using his GI Bill to get a Petroleum Engineering Degree at Colorado School of Mines in 1979, Reiner joined in the oil and gas sector and became a successful entrepreneur for the last 30 years. His ability to talk to people from all walks of life and his enthusiasm were the keys to his entrepreneurial success.
Reiner will be remembered most for his undyingly positive view on life, for his love of a blue-bird sky on a ski day, for his instigation of accordion-guitar-piano hootenannies, for his yodeling through powder, and for his inability to follow a hiking trail, often leading to extended adventures and revised camping itineraries.
Reiner’s spirit of adventure, resiliency in the face of hardship, and “mind-over-matter” mantra will inspire those he leaves behind: his wife, Mary, and his two daughters, Steffi and Katrina. He is also survived by a sister in Holland, Elke Van der Stok, and brothers Wolf Klawiter and Wig Klawiter, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial will be held privately in Greeley for the family on Thursday, July 27th.
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